Level One Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery

This College-based qualification is a hands-on, practical course, which is studied by people who want to be employed in wood trades. The course consists of six units, which are broken into underpinning knowledge and practical units. Given the types of measuring and setting out learners require, a range of mathematical and problem solving skills will be developed. If you work in the industry, you can build this course up into a full NVQ qualification by obtaining evidence of your abilities. For more information about this, ask to speak to a tutor.

What will I study?

  • How to carry out safe working practices in construction
  • Information, quantities and communicating with others
  • Building methods and construction technology
  • Producing basic woodworking joints
  • Maintaining and using carpentry and joinery hand tools
  • Preparation and use of carpentry and joinery portable power tools

How will I be assessed?

  • Each unit has an end test
  • A practical assignment
  • Online test based on the six units

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of two GCSEs Grade D/3 or above 
  • Or Level One Certificate in Basic Construction
  • Satisfactory record of achievement/references
  • Completion of the construction specific assessment and initial assessment
  • A satisfactory interview

Interviews for full time courses starting in September are postponed, but don't worry - applicants will instead be given a formal offer of a place on a suitable course. Other entry requirements still apply.

Where you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course you will be accepted.

Where you do not meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, we guarantee you a place on a suitable alternative. See How to Apply for further details.

What next?

Completion of this course may act as a good preparation for an apprenticeship or as a stepping stone into the construction industry in a related role such as site labourer or semi-skilled employee. Carpentry and joinery covers a broad range of related jobs within industry such as roofing, cabinet-making, shop-fitting and bench joinery.

You could progress onto courses such as the:

Additional information

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

Higher Education Apprenticeship Guide Full-time Course Guide 2021 Part-Time Autumn Course Guide